Wood shop at the Barrington Middle School remains in jeopardy.
The School Committee on Thursday night lumped wood shop in with all other school programs and requests that will be reassessed by the administration over the next few weeks.
“Which program could be sacrificed for that $150,000?” asked School Committee member Chris Ramsden.
The cash that voters put back into next year’s school budget to try to save wood shop was actually $144,000. But it could be spent elsewhere as several members of the Committee on Appropriations said at the Financial Town Meeting on Wednesday night is the School Committee’s prerogative.
The School Committee also faces an almost $127,000 shortfall in revenue because it shelved the proposed out-of-district tuition program on Thursday night at the same meeting. See the separate story on the tuition-in program.
“I want the central administration to go back and reassess programs, especially those that appear to have the least value right now,” said Ramsden, programs that have low enrollments or weak student interest.
It’s a request Ramsden has made before. The School Committee jumped on his bandwagon Thursday night.
“It’s important that we have options on the table,” said School Committee member Robert Shea.
School Committee Chairman Patrick Guida described those options as “alternatives” for the use of that money.
“I would also like to look at the possibility of shared resources so we don’t have to cut any program,” said School Committee member Kate Brody.
“We’ll work on some options next week,” said Superintendent Robert McIntyre.
McIntyre also answered a question from Ken Jackson, who supported wood shop at the town meeting with a vote and a $100 donation.
“Yes, the options could mean the elimination of wood shop or some other program,” he said.
McIntyre said he will have the options and alternatives ready by no later than a special Tuesday night meeting on June 19.